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Boom!... say what?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Lazylion, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. Lazylion

    Lazylion Goin ahead on wit my bad self! Supporting Member

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    I drive a county school bus. As part of my mid-day route, I pick up a couple of students from the local military base. One day last week, I presented my CDL and school staff ID cards through the bus window to the young male security guard at the gate as usual. As he handed them back to me, he said the following:

    "Boom."

    "Boom?" I thought as I drove off. Odd thing to hear from a guy, part of whose job is to look for illicit explosives on the vehicles he admits onto the base. Then I thought, hmm, is this a new slang word, along the lines of "cool" or "groovy" (I remember when "groovy" was new!)? More research was indicated.

    So today I was looking for an opportunity to try out this word. About 3:40 pm, we arrived at the school to pick up the afternoon run. One of the teachers got on the bus, to get the kids situated for the ride home. They are "special needs" boys, and they often need help settling down in their seats. We had less than a full load, as a couple of them had been picked up early by parents. So once they were all on, she turned to me and said "that's it". I seized my opportunity, and blurted out "Boom!" And she immediately gave me a smile and a "Boom" in return!

    I took this to mean that I'd used it correctly, since she is much younger than me, and she works closely with kids all day. All I do is drive them around for a few minutes each day. I don't really interact/converse with them.

    It's hard for us 57-year-old guys to keep up with the bleeding edge of hipness. So I'm presenting this to the assembled wisdom of TB. Is "boom" the new "cool" or "groovy"?
  2. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME! Supporting Member

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  3. Lazylion

    Lazylion Goin ahead on wit my bad self! Supporting Member

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  4. slobake

    slobake Supporting Member

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    Anyone who helps special needs kids is about as hip as you can get. :)
  5. Richland123

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    Chicka "Boom" Chicka "Boom" - Don't you just love it?

  6. Lazylion

    Lazylion Goin ahead on wit my bad self! Supporting Member

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    :D The bleeding edge of hipness, fer sure!
  7. AaronMB

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    So I wonder if I can say "This thread is full of Boom."


    I've yet to hear "boom" in this context, or as described in any of the urbandictionary definitions. I guess California is falling behind on the latest. lol
  8. slobake

    slobake Supporting Member

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    Pull your boom windward and forward otherwise you'll end up in the water.
  9. Lazylion

    Lazylion Goin ahead on wit my bad self! Supporting Member

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    And don't cleat the sheet! Not when you're in a 17-footer, anyway! Boom!

    My dad and I learned that the hard way...
  10. Bloodhammer

    Bloodhammer Don't be ludicrous Supporting Member

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    "Boom" or "bam" are affirmative responses, typically when presenting something that's expected or being inquired about or for adding an exclamation point to an action, like putting that last bolt into place and starting a machine successfully on the first go.

    It lets people know you're on top of your game. ;)
  11. Richland123

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  12. Lazylion

    Lazylion Goin ahead on wit my bad self! Supporting Member

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    Maybe that's what the guard was trying to tell me!
  13. bassteban

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    I steal *BAM* from this guy daily
  14. two fingers

    two fingers Loud Mouth Know It All Blowhard Gold Supporting Member

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  15. Lazylion

    Lazylion Goin ahead on wit my bad self! Supporting Member

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    "•BOOMM Bored Out Of My Mind"
    Maybe THIS is what the guard meant! Maybe he's not thrilled to be hanging out at the guard shack in sub-freezing weather all day!
  16. Indiana Mike

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    I think it's more of a military term meaning something positive or affirmative.

    During my service in the ARMY when things didn't go as planned we used to say FIDO ,as in the dogs name ,figure that one out
  17. Indiana Mike

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    #$%& it drive on....
  18. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME! Supporting Member

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    F*** It, Do Over?

    Come to think about it, the only other person Ive heard use "Boom" was also ex-military.
  19. Demon_Hunter

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    Maybe it was a code word because he mistook you for a covert agent that was there picking up other covert agents. :bag::help:
  20. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

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    I just this morning said "boom" while giving a co-worker a friendly fist-bump, and he seemed to take it as I meant it--a harmless greeting sound.

    [​IMG]

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